Youth S&C according to Science


Faigenbaum et al, (2015) provides the following benefits:

  1. Stronger younger athletes will be better prepared to learn complex movements, master sport tactics and withstand long term sports training.
  2. A development approach to physical conditioning can enhance the health of youth. Data suggests that young athletes that engage in a Strength and Conditioning program are less likely to get injured.
  3. Traditional evidence on resistance training on an immature skeleton has been replaced by evidence that resistance training may be the perfect time for the bone remodelling process to respond to the tensile and compressive forces associated with resistance training.


An insight into youth S&C in a county set up

Michael Boyhan (3rd Strength and Conditioning)

Laois Minor Hurling Backroom Team

I myself find my own current position as a challenge to say the least. I am currently involved with the Laois Minor Hurling backroom team in an S/C position and its application to those under the age of 18. Is Strength and conditioning needed at that age? Yes is clearly the answer, and sometimes the possibility is it is clearly needed at a younger age in terms of development through various type movement and technique that will aid a child’s development stage within their sport. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that strength training is an inappropriate and unsafe activity for youth. (more…)